After an excruciatingly painful loss away to Oldham last week, Hucclecote found themselves facing 2nd in the table Kent. This was always going to be a tough fixture and it was important that the Premier squad reversed the loss form earlier in the season when they visited the Kent club if they were to keep pushing for a top 3 spot in the league.
The squad were without Sarah Lee (attending her Level 2 Coaching course) and Amanda Trounce (Welsh training) but welcomed back into the squad Anna Mayes..
Determined to put right the wrongs from last weeks loss the first quarter saw one of the most spirited and committed performances from the Hucclecote side in recent months. Despite taking a few moments to settle, the attack of Gray, Beveridge, Henry and Hemming soon capitalised on the defensive turnover created by Francis, Fletcher and Gabriel ending the quarter with a reassuring 14-7 lead.
The second quarter continued in dominant style with
Despite showing signs of inconsistency with their possession of the ball, Hucclecote managed to take the quarter 12-4 depriving Kent of scoring opportunities and unsettling the visitors who have been so used to winning.
With confidence high it was important that the squad pushed on and tried to extend their lead against a Kent side that were not going to surrender easily. Mayes was introduced at WA, Perry to GD and Gray reintroduced to the GA with Beveridge moving back to GS.
Garland requested more consistency with possession and to take ball to goal more efficiently at the start of the quarter and although at times the ball moved swiftly and at speed through the court there were still signs of inconsistency and the home side were hasty at times resulting in some passing errors.
Perry got some key turnover from some lifted ball that was forced into the Kent circle and combined well with Essex around the circle edge.
With the score at a comfortable 39-17 the goal for the last quarter was to try and deprive the away team of a point (only awarded if within 50% of the end result). However, the less familiar line-up of Perry, Fletcher, Francis, Esssex, Mayes, Berry and Beveridge struggled to settle and were wasteful with the ball on too many occasions to continue the dominance that the other line-ups had experienced. With fewer turnovers, despite huge efforts, and the shooting accuracy dropping in the final 15minutes, Hucclecote disappointingly lost the last quarter 7-13.
Overall a good, committed performance from a scorned Premier squad who rewarded themselves with a convincing win over a team lying second behind Linden in the league. An encouraging and well-timed win that will hopefully help build momentum going into the next fixture against Academy.